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Whirlpool icemaker floods freezer
« on: September 07, 2008, 04:01:11 AM »
Icemaker Problem: The water to my Whirlpool icemaker will not shut off properly and overfills the trays causing a "flood" in the freezer.  Do you have any idea what could be my issue?

Dean S.

Model Number: GD5SHAXLB01

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Re: Whirlpool icemaker floods freezer
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2008, 07:30:17 AM »
I can tell you exactly what is happening. The main drive wheel on your ice maker has a small copper plate mounted behind it. This plate makes contact with  the printed circuit board and energizes the water valve for 7 and ahalf seconds. Over time the copper plate will actually stick causing excessive water overfilling and flooding the ice maker mold. You probably need a new icemaker. But try and carefully remove that main drive gear(The one that has do not rotate manually printed on it) and clean the copper plate. Put the gear back and see what happens. To bypass the thermostat and iniate a harvest cycle to see how much water comes out you must put a jumper between T and H. Listen for a Click and remove the jumper. Let the wheel go all the way around and count how many seconds water comes in . It should be 7.5 seconds. This will happen very near the end of the cycle so be patient.
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Re: Whirlpool icemaker floods freezer
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2008, 09:32:17 PM »
Mr. Webster:

Thank you for the advice. Could you please advise what a "jumper" is?  I am not familiar with that term as it relates to my icemaker problem. I will let you know if it works. Thanks

Dean S.

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Re: Whirlpool icemaker floods freezer
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2008, 09:42:28 PM »
Hi,

Unless you had to turn the water off to the refrigerator to get the ice maker to stop filling I would go ahead and replace the ice maker.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Icemaker part # 2198597



If you had to turn the water to the refrigerator off to keep it from flooding then you may have a bad water valve.

Whirlpool Icemaker Water Inlet Valve Part # W10408179

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Re: Whirlpool icemaker floods freezer
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2008, 09:47:33 PM »
Here are some ice maker topics in AJ's blog that you may also find helpful.

http://www.appliancejunk.com/blog/archives/category/ice-maker/

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Re: Whirlpool icemaker floods freezer
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2008, 09:14:15 AM »
If you have some romex wire laying around you can make a perfect jumper. Just form a small horseshoe  and have both ends skinned back so you can jump between T and H.
http://groups.msn.com/Appliantology/icemakers.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=132
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Re: Whirlpool icemaker floods freezer
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Re: Whirlpool icemaker floods freezer
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2008, 10:18:03 AM »
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